At the margins of life

2011-07-22 08:02:20

Writer Yang Jiang spent her centennial birthday on July 17 with self-effacing mo-desty.

What they say

2011-07-22 08:02:20

In the winter of 2002, she decided to concentrate on the writing of We Three, to fulfill the wishes of her daughter. She wrote with pain in her heart and tears in her eyes. The three of them are different in character, but their integrity, wisdom and understanding of life and death are inspiring and thought-provoking.

Indian trilogy writer strikes 'black gold'

2011-07-22 08:02:20

Indian writer Amitav Ghosh's novels sometimes read like an encyclopedia. His newest, River of Smoke (John Murray) - the much-anticipated second installment of a projected three-volume opus - could, just as well, be read as a scholarly discourse on the life and times of mid-19th century Cantonese society.

New may be silver, but old is gold

2011-07-22 08:02:20

The 8,000 square meters of exhibition space at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) is known for displaying the latest in the art world.

What's good for the gander is good for the goose

2011-07-22 08:02:20

As if Donnie Yen's martial arts skills were not enough, the Hong Kong actor is hoping to attract more fans by becoming a sex symbol. The 47-year-old launched a photo book at Hong Kong's book fair on Wednesday that had both women and men swooning at the size and cut of his muscles.

Terrible acting worsens an incoherent plot

2011-07-20 07:56:56

Fast cars, big explosions and hot girls - director Michael Bay's final Transformers movie has it all.

A rabbit to the rescue?

2011-07-20 07:56:56

As the summer heat intensifies, domestically made animation films are gearing up for the holiday season box-office showdown.

The Modern Monks of China

2011-07-18 14:19:37

The world-weary have sought refuge in Buddhist temples for thousands of years, shedding their earthly entanglements for a higher calling.

Sweet sounds return

2011-07-19 07:55:19

When Wong's career started in Hong Kong in 1994, her cover of The Cranberries' song Dreams made people see her as a pioneering singer.

Wine challenge

2011-07-17 08:44:05


Giving weight to words

2011-07-18 14:07:52

Just when all language seemed to be going the way of Twitter and text message shorthand, a backlash to brevity is brewing.

Giving life a second chance

2011-07-19 07:55:19

How would you get rid of unwanted things that still have many years of use left in them? A) Give them to a friend; b) Sell them online; or c) Leave them for the garbage collector? Hayley Robinson and her husband, Beijing residents from Britain, who used their clothes washer/dryer to wash their newborn son's cloth diapers before switching to disposable ones, decided to offer it to strangers on Freecycle Beijing, an online community that advocates giving away things one no longer wants.